Italy beats Ireland and wins Octagonal Match

Italy triumphed in the sixth edition of the Octagonal Match, played on the course of the Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club, near Cadiz in Spain, beating Ireland with a score of 5.5 to 3.5

by Andrea Gussoni
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Italy beats Ireland and wins Octagonal Match
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Italy triumphed in the sixth edition of the Octagonal Match, played on the course of the Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club, near Cadiz in Spain, beating Ireland with a score of 5.5 to 3.5. This victory was the result of an exceptional performance by the Azzurri in their first outing of the season.

They initially dominated the qualifying round and later clinched victory against Ireland with a comeback in singles, after trailing in doubles. This confirms the high level of the Italian youth sector in golf.

Italy, results

The eight participating teams were divided into two groups of four, each facing the other three teams in their group, with a ranking based on points.

Italy reached the final by winning their group, drawing with Spain (4.5-4.5) and defeating England (6-3) and Switzerland (7.5-1.5). Ireland also topped their group, beating Portugal (7-2) and the Netherlands (6.5-2.5) and drawing with Germany (4.5-4.5).

For third place, Germany defeated Spain 5-4, while England and the Netherlands drew 4.5-4.5 for fifth place, with England winning on points. In the seventh place, Portugal defeated Switzerland 5-4. In the final, Italy trailed 1-2 in doubles, despite having won all three of their opening matches in this category.

The Italian duo Nardini-Florioli maintained their unbeaten record by overcoming Sean Keeling/Jack Murphy (4/3), but the Irish reacted with Fionn Dobbin/Donnacha Cleary (1 up on Giovanni Binaghi/Lucas Nicolas Fallotico) and with Jack Hearn/ David Sheil (1 up on Filippo Ponzano/Alessio Scaramastra).

In the singles, the Italians reversed the situation with the victories of Lucas Nicolas Fallotico (5/4 over Jack Murphy), Filippo Ponzano (2/1 over Jack Hearn), Giovanni Binaghi (3/2 over Donnacha Cleary) and Marco Florioli ( 1 up on Davis Shiel).

Alessandro Nardini got a draw with Sean Keeling, and Fionn Dobbin got an unimportant victory (4/3 over Alessio Scaramastra). The Italian team was accompanied by coaches Alessandro Bandini and Giorgio Grillo. This is Italy's first success in this tournament, even if they had achieved a victory in 2017, when the event, born in 2001, had a different formula and was a Quadrangular.

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